Chapter

The Empty Suitcase as Rainbow

Merold Westphal

in Saintly Influence

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230877
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235612 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230877.003.0004

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Empty Suitcase as Rainbow

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This chapter analyzes the acts and motives of the Protestant villagers of Le Chambon sur Lignon in south-central France. Consideration of these descendants of the Huguenots who during World War II hid (and thereby saved) approximately five thousand Jews becomes a strategy for showing a desecularized analogue to Wyschogrod's notion of saintliness in Saints and Postmodernism. Wyschogrod's hagiographic ethic in that book is not necessarily a religious one, and indeed the chapter in that book entitled “Saintly Influence” takes ecstatic forms of Christian mysticism to task for their sublation of alterity.

Keywords: Edith Wyschogrod; saintliness; Saints and Postmodernism; ethics; Christian mysticism; alterity

Chapter.  6807 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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